What do Keanu Reeves, John Lennon, Cher and Kiera Knightley have in common? Read on to find out.
Diverse, eclectic, entertaining and challenging – contemporary poetry is in pretty great shape. Push the Boat Out is a cross-genre explosion of poetry, hip hop, and spoken word; the point where artforms from spoken word, live music, hip hop, rap, songwriting, film and gaming, to visual art and design meet.
Closing date extended to Monday 31st October.
Who would you like to see added to the online guide to Scottish poets, which can be found on the Scottish Poetry Library website? The guide was produced to provide a reference for anyone researching Scottish poetry. Inclusion in the guide is not intended to be a reflection on the poet’s work. At the moment, there are more than 900 entries, including both dead and living poets.
James Hogg expert Dr Valentina Bold writes about the first performance of James Hogg’s play in 200 years. On December the 2nd, James Hogg’s play ‘The Royal Jubilee’ will be performed for the first time. Written on the occasion of George IV’s pomposity-filled visit to Edinburgh, in 1822, it is filled with ambivalence – something […]
A short film of Kathleen Jamie reflecting on her first year as Makar.
We are marking a hundred years since the birth of he poet William Neill, with a special display, including a selection of items from our collection.
Every so often one of our wonderful volunteers and placement students will assemble a new display to greet you as you enter the library. Antonietta, a Strathclyde University student on placement with us, did so recently, and tell us about the latest display Souper substitutes The taste of my mum’s chicken soup is something embedded […]
Scotland’s Next Generation Young Makars is a new talent development scheme for poetry writers aged 16 to 25 years launched by us at the Scottish Poetry Library. We put out a call for young poets to submit their work online. We received many submissions, and selected five outstanding candidates who have now been matched with […]
Roddy Lumsden (1966-2020) was a widely acclaimed and innovative poet – and left his mark on a generation of upcoming UK poets, including Sarah Howe, Kayo Chingonyi and Ahren Warner. Roddy was a poet of rare quality who offered his time to supporting and encouraging the work of emerging poets, through his editorial insights, his […]
A new tail grows…celebrating the spirit and talent of Leith, The Darting Salamander-the first LeithWritings anthology- was published, delivered, launched and welcomed in true Leith style on the 2nd of November 2021. The book featured new voices alongside more established writers such as poet Christine De Luca. You can watch Christine reading her poem Leith […]
A Makarship must give you time to write, it should suggest how to turn that into a performance or a publication, and, ideally, fund it. Such a set-up understands that the writer, their community, heritage, and artistic peers are all equals.
Stirling Makar Laura Fyfe has written a blog about putting poetry and literature into the heart of Stirling’s bid for City of Culture 2025.